PROSPECT-LEFFERTS GARDENS — Bring on the books!
A popular independent book shop in Brooklyn opened a pop-up second location just for kids in Prospect-Lefferts Gardens this weekend, setting up shop in a neighborhood toy store on Flatbush Avenue.
The Greenlight Bookstore, located on Fulton Street in Fort Greene, partnered with Play Kids on Westbury Court to bring a selection of books for kids of all ages to the area, according to Prospect-Lefferts Gardens resident and Greenlight co-owner Rebecca Fitting. The pop-up opened this weekend and will be located inside the kids shop through the end of the year, she said.
“Having this pop-up shop inside of their toy store makes it possible for us to bring books to the neighborhood in a way that feels special,” she said of the collaboration.
Play Kids owner Shelley Kramer said her store had carried some books for kids in the past, but said the neighborhood has lacked a good spot to get reading material for young people.
Now, Greenlight will curate a wide range of titles, from “board books” for newborns, she said; to picture books by Dr. Seuss, Maurice Sendak and Brooklyn-based illustrator Oliver Jeffers, among others; and chapter books like "Harriet the Spy" and "Holes" that are appropriate for young adults.
“People are really excited that two Brooklyn-based businesses are collaborating together,” Kramer said of the pop-up’s first weekend. “Customers who know Greenlight are so excited to see them in the neighborhood.”
Greenlight has operated in Fort Greene since 2009 and has sold books at many Brooklyn locations, such as the Brooklyn Academy of Music and the Brooklyn Flea. The partnership with Play Kids is its first in Prospect-Lefferts Gardens.
Play Kids is located at 676 Flatbush Ave. and opens at 10 a.m. seven days a week, closing at 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 5 p.m. on Sunday.